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Evonne from Darling Clandestine answered some questions for me! I’m going to start interviewing indie owners who want to participate with just a few simple questions in hopes people can get to know them a little bit and can see why they started up. :d

Luna: How long have you been making perfume, and why did you start?
Evonne: I’ve been making perfume for about two years now. Insanely sensitive noses run in my family; it’s a little unnerving to “outsiders.” :) Back in the ’80s there was a National Geographic article that fascinated me; it detailed the history of creating perfumes back to ancient times, and it was printed with “scratch and sniff” pages. As a teenager, I was always drawn to the little “hippie” shops where they sold sandalwood and patchouli and all the usual fare, but it was always sort of the same old scents and the same old hippies.

When I discovered Etsy and began buying handmade in just about everything I could, I realized that perfuming seemed absolutely doable. The ingredients I needed were on the internet! Isn’t the internet wonderful? And once I started toying with creating blends, turns out my brother Aaron was just as fascinated (he collaborated with me on Step Right Up, and he’s a trusted consult for a lot of my blends). I also had IMMENSE support from the rest of the indie beauty community, which encouraged me to keep creating and keep outdoing myself. ;)

Luna: What is your favorite scent that you make?
Evonne: There are so many that I’m proud of and in love with, but I think right now I have to say Inked. It always jumps to mind first when I consider “favorites,” and when I talk about it I almost feel like I’m talking about a secret crush or an old flame I can’t get over. It’s a sexy, sexy scent, and I achieved exactly what I wanted with it. Inked is not for everyone, ’cause it’s definitely unusual and complex (of course, anyone who comes to my shop should be prepared for unusual and complex!), but the folks who fall in love with Inked fall in L-O-O-O-O-V-V-V-E with Inked.

Luna: What is your favorite scent from another indie company?
Evonne: The Morbid the Merrier’s Athelia and the Lust trio from TMTM are my faves. Also pretty fond of One Hand Washes the Other‘s Desolation Angel.

Luna: Would you rather be a Crow or a Bat?
Evonne: I think I’d rather be a crow! Less chance of getting swiped at by silly terrified people, free range to roam, best pickings for food. ;)

Luna: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Evonne: Sure! First, I want folks to know that each of my fragrances has a “story”. The labels, the representative images, the stories in the descriptions . . . each one reflects a whole lot of time and effort and care. On my solid perfume and Bitsy labels, you’ll find only the representative images of each scent. On the full-sized oils, you’ll find a unique little message in the ingredients. It’s all part of the story. I want my customers to fall in love with a scent, find one that speaks to them and works with their chemistry *and* their personalities and their own little microcosms of memory. The descriptions may be a bit “tl;dr” for some folks who aren’t looking for something truly original. Some folks would rather just, I dunno, buy a product that says something like “warm vanilla sugar” on the label. I’m looking to create something a little more personal.

Second, I’d love to add that I am BLOWN AWAY by all the love and support I’ve gotten from the indie community. From both my amazing customers and by fellow sellers. And from you, Luna—thank you so much for welcoming me into your community and for giving me a place to be seen and heard. <3

D’awww I feel all warm and fuzzy! I love your scents. I haven’t received a single one that I haven’t liked, but my favorite so far is Mad As Birds. It’s just amazing. Thank you for creating crazy beautiful scents. ^.~
Luna

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I have quick swatches over bare skin with flash from Detrivore Cosmetics! I have the May limited editions: Cetacea, Baleen, Mollusk, Lividity and Incantation. I also have some random shades that I purchased along with the May LE’s. I have Lotus, Starlet, Brine, Kraken, Arachnid, Diabolical, Mushroom Blue and Decomposition. And last but not least the new Lilith blush. I’ll be swatching all of these properly when I’m feeling better. I just wanted to get something up since Detrivore is having their 10 for $20 sale. Keep in mind that you can’t use it for any of the LE shades.


Luna
Full Disclosure Policy: All products mentioned in this entry were purchased by me. There are no affiliate links and there is no financial compensation included in this post.

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Distorria from Detrivore Cosmetics is doing her famous 10 for $20 sale right now. It’s running until July 4th. :) Also you can see my swatches here.

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Ahmygahd. I have sample of Shiro Cosmetics new Intertubes! They are so pretty. Oh my. Smashing and Why Not Zoidberg are my favorites. ^.~ I have for you Insanity Wolf, Why Not Zoidberg?, Trololo, Smashing, Magnets, Battletoads, Ridiculously Photogenic and Me Gusta.

Insanity Wolf is this lovely light grey with a tad bit of purple to it. Why Not Zoidberg? is quite possibly the best coral ever. EVER. Trololo is a red orange kind of pretty thing. Smashing is a gorgeous pinky purple. Magnets is a pretty plum shade. Battletoads is a pretty green with some copper sheen. Ridiculously Phototenic is a dark fuchsia. And Me Gusta is black. Blaaack.

These were swatched on mah bare, naked lips! *smoochy smoochy*

Insanity Wolf is a pale cool grey with the faintest hint of purple.
Why Not Zoidberg? is a bright coral.
Trololo is a vivid, slightly reddened tangerine.
Smashing is a pinky-purpley-smashingness, fit for mermaids and dugongs.
Magnets is a plum with strong silver sheen.
Battletoads is a marshy green-brown with copper and green shimmer.
Ridiculously Photogenic is a deepened fuschia.
Me Gusta is a pure, solid black. Like Matt’s soul.


Luna
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^this. So hard right now. I’ve been stuck mostly in bed the last few days. The augmentin is kicking my ass and then some. d= I have lots of pretties to swatch and play with and I just haven’t been up to it. Sad day. I’m on the augmentin for 21 days of hell. Woo. Tomorrow morning I see the cardiologist and Tuesday morning I see my doctor. I shall attempt to put on my face tomorrow. We shall see.

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Mani Monday!
BASECOAT
CND Ridge Out Base Coat x 1

COLOR
wet n wild fastdry Teal of Fortune x 2
NYC Starry Silver Glitter x 1 (on ring finger)
Milani Nail Lacquer Totally Cool x 1

TOPCOAT
Cult Nails Wicked Fast Top Coat


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Three more shades from Fyrinnae! I have Moon Child, Rapunzel Had Extensions and Kurisumasu!. Moon Child is a lovely almost peachy ivory with copper/gold sparks. Rapunzel Had Extensions is a peachy pink with a strong gold sheen. Kurisumasu! is a dusty rose shade with gold/silver sparks. They’re all lovely. :d

Moon Child is a soft glimmering ivory shade with just the right amount of shimmer and sparkle and a touch of coppery highlight.
Rapunzel Had Extensions is a pale pink with a stunning brilliant light gold highlight.
Kurisumasu! is a versatile satiny rosy beige shade with flashes of golden sparkle.

These were swatched over Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden and Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue. Photos taken indoors under a daylight bulb.


Luna
Full Disclosure Policy: All products mentioned in this entry were purchased by me. There are no affiliate links and there is no financial compensation included in this post.

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Purples! I have three more swatches for you. I have Meerkat, Arcane Magic: Faerie Glamour and Nevermore. Nevermore is no longer available, but it’s a lovely almost matte purple. Meerkat is this pinky/purple color with lots of gold sparks. AM: Faerie Glamour is gorgeous. It’s this super vibrant purple with an aqua/blue sheen.

Meerkat is a vibrant pink-purple with gold shimmer and sparkle highlight.
Arcane Magic: Faerie Glamour is a violet base with an aqua shimmer that changes to a bright pink when closer to light.
Nevermore is a nearly-matte vibrant purple, fairly neutral, but leaning to pink. This shade has a slight satin finish.

These were swatched over Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden and Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue. Photos taken indoors under a daylight bulb.


Luna
Full Disclosure Policy: All products mentioned in this entry were purchased by me. There are no affiliate links and there is no financial compensation included in this post.

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Let the swatching begin! I have Pteranodon, Digital Faerie and Sleepy Hollow from Fyrinnae. ^.~ I love all three of these. They’re similar, but so not the same. Pteranodon is a gorgeous turquoise with silver sparks. Digital Faerie is this amazing turquoise/blue with a green sheen. Sleepy Hollow I think is my favorite of the three. It’s this deep almost smoky blue/green with gold sparks. Sleepy Hollow makes me think of Really deep greenish-blue ocean water.

Pteranodon is a deep, vibrant, shimmering turquoise, enhanced with a touch of silver sparkle.
Digital Faerie is a stunning deep sky blue with green shimmer.
Sleepy Hollow is a Lush ocean blue with a flash of sage green as the light hits, Sleepy Hollow has a touch of gold sparkle as well.

These were swatched over Too Faced Shadow Insurance and Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue. Photos taken indoors under a daylight bulb.


Luna
Full Disclosure Policy: All products mentioned in this entry were purchased by me. There are no affiliate links and there is no financial compensation included in this post.

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I meant to get these swatched a few days ago but my body is being more complicated than usual! But they’re swatched now, so woot! I have the Play Hard Look Fabulous collection from Black Rose Minerals! I have Hazel Eyes, Chrissyroze, Tomboy and Jersey Girl. Hazel eyes is a smokey forest green with gold and green sparks. Chrissyroze is a pale bubblegum pink with a slight purple shift. Tomboy is a dirty purple with aqua/blue sparks/sheen. Jersey girl is a matte bear brown. Tomboy is my absolute favorite from this collection, followed by Chrissyroze. Who’d have thunk it.

Hazel Eyes is a deep forest green is accented by lighter green hues and shimmering golden sparkles.
Chrissyroze is a delicate sheer shimmery bubblegum pink with a slight lavender sheen.
Tomboy is a sugary purple with a blue sheen.
Jersey Girl is a medium matte brown.


Luna
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SCENTS
Mad As Birds by Darling Clandestine
Cloudswing by Darling Clandestine

NOTES
Mad As Birds
Mad as Birds is a sweet, cool, garden-dew fragrance with notes of pear and mint and smoky amber and marigolds. A multitude of different scent elements and weeks (months!) of methodical alchemy make Mad as Birds no ordinary scented oil mix—it’s a truly inimitable fragrance.

Cloudswing
The newly reformulated Cloudswing is a bright, crisp, golden-green scent with notes of warm hay and vanilla and mowed clover and marigolds and intense lemongrass. A bit of warning: this new batch is VERY heavy on the essentials, including cypress and lemongrass, so if you’re sensitive, pregnant or nursing, please steer clear of this lovely.

COMMENTS
Mad As Birds has to be one of my favorite perfumes ever from Darling Clandestine, with that being said i don’t think Cloudswing is too far behind. I guess I really like my marigold scents. xd This combination is so lovely. This combination smells of minty, lemongrassy pears and marigolds wrapped in vanilla and amber blankets. Sometimes I get a waft of lemongrass, and other times it’s most certainly pear and marigold.

You can find Mad As Birds and Cloudswing from the Darling Clandestine Etsy shop. You’ll find Mad as Birds as a perfume oil for $17 and as a solid perfume for $10. You’ll find Cloudswing as a perfume oil for $17 and as a solid perfume for $9.

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Today is What’s in your bag. So we have purse with birds on power lines, a cute change purse that Jenna sent me, a cute little note book, hand sanitizer, my wallet with the release the kraken sticker that Mandy sent me, a Madd Style Cosmetix lip balm, matches(I have no idea why these are still in my purse). a pink sharpie, a blue pen and a pink drawstring bag with quartz and amethyst in it.

The Rules!
– If you participate or promote via Twitter, feel free to use #30daysofphotos as a tag.
– You can make it a photo-only challenge without any accompanying explanation, or you can explain as much as you want.
– Each day is completely open to interpretation. If it just says, “Pink!” — it can be pink eyeshadow, pink clothing, pink nails, pink anything. The point is just to have fun and get to know people through photos.
– If you want to participate you can request to join Meep Moo: Makeup Monstrosity!


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Today is A special piece of jewelry. This was easy. Mt heart key necklace from Kai. He gave it to me the first Valentine’s Day after Fumiko was born.. I love it, I never take it off, it’s just super special to me.

The Rules!
– If you participate or promote via Twitter, feel free to use #30daysofphotos as a tag.
– You can make it a photo-only challenge without any accompanying explanation, or you can explain as much as you want.
– Each day is completely open to interpretation. If it just says, “Pink!” — it can be pink eyeshadow, pink clothing, pink nails, pink anything. The point is just to have fun and get to know people through photos.
– If you want to participate you can request to join Meep Moo: Makeup Monstrosity!


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